He believed that only education could free the Indian people from foreign rule.
To realise his aim, he started the New English School at Poona with his two friends. Tilak brought out two weeklies, ‘Maratha’ in English and ‘Kesari’ in Marathi.
Tilak studied at the Poona High School, and then joined the Deccan College. Bal Gangadhar Tilak was outspoken in his speech right from a very young age.
He joined the other freedom fighters in their sturggle for independence.
* He led a simple life, and offered himself- his body and soul, to the service of his country. In many ways he was the architect of India’s Freedom Struggle.
His ideas and efforts were carried on by equally worthy next generation of leaders Gandhi ji, Patel, Nehru and others.
* The British colonial authorities called him the great leader as “Father of the Indian unrest”.
He was also conferred with the honorary title of Lokmanya, which literally means “Accepted by the people (as their leader)”.
He gave the famous slogan, “Swaraj is my birth right, and I shall have it”.
He believed that the British had to be paid back in their own coin by fighting back.